How to duplicate meetings and events in your Outlook calendar?

Last updated: December 2019

Tutorial Applicable to: Outlook 2019 / 365/ 2016 / 2013 / 2010; on Windows computers.

Here’s a question from a reader:

Quite often i need to create a few instances of the same meeting requests in Microsoft Outlook. Are you aware of a simple way to duplicate a occurrence of an Outlook appointment by using copy and paste, as creating a meeting series for scheduling a few meetings might be somewhat of an overkill. Help is highly appreciated!

Thanks for your questions. Keep those coming!

Copy or Duplicate Outlook meeting invites

You can easily duplicate meeting entries in your Outlook calendar by highlighting the meeting in your Calendar view and simply copying it by hitting Ctrl+C , and then paste it to your preferred time by hitting Ctrl+V .

An alternative method to duplicate your meeting is to open your Calendar view and then press the Ctrl button, then while Ctrl is still pressed, drag your meeting to the preferred time slot.

After doing this, make sure to review your meeting subject, location and invitation content as those might have changed.

When using this at work on Microsoft Exchange server, you also might need to review the list of attendees and their availability, as people might be tied in other meetings. If applicable, go ahead and check the availability of a meeting room and any other equipment/resources for your meeting.

Copying meetings between calendars

Using the same process you can duplicate a meeting across multiple calendars defined in your Outlook client.

Duplicate entire calendars

Outlook allows you to copy an entire calendar including all appointments, meetings and events.

In order to copy an entire calendar, proceed as following:

  1. Login to Outlook.
  2. Navigate to the Calendar Tab.
  3. In your left hand side tab, under My Calendars, find the calendar you wish to duplicate.
  4. Right click the calendar and select Copy.
  5. Select the target Outlook folder into which you would like to paste the calendar.
  6. Hit OK.
  7. Now, return to My Calendars section and check the new calendar so that it becomes visible in your Right hand side pane.

Copying the Outlook meeting list of attendees

Sometimes you don’t want to copy the entire meeting, but only the attendees list. If so, proceed as following:

  1. In Outlook, open the Calendar tab.
  2. Locate your meeting/event/appointment in the relevant Outlook calendar.
  3. Open the meeting by double clicking it.
  4. Copy the relevant names in the “To” field.
  5. Close the meeting and navigate to the calendar view
  6. Hover to the relevant date and time in the calendar and create a new Meeting Request.
  7. Now copy the relevant invitees to the To window.
  8. Enter your meeting subject and location.
  9. Hit Send.
  10. Voila 🙂

Converting emails to appointments

A couple of readers asked whether there is a simple process for creating a meeting or appointment from an email they got into their inbox.  This is pretty helpful as it could be used to improve your follow up on important email.

Here’s is a quick trick to accomplish that: in your Outlook inbox locate the email you would like to turn into an appointment, left click it and drag it to the Calendar tab in the bottom of your screen. Outlook will immediately open an appointment, that will have the email text copied into the appointment details. From there, go ahead and set your subject, locations and invited people.

Duplicate meetings with VBA macros

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Copying Outlook events on MAC OSX

Duplicating appointments and meetings within the same Outlook calendar is not supported in Microsoft Office for MAC OSX.

In case of any additional questions, please leave us a comment.

Leave a Comment:

C Kinney says January 25, 2016

Outlook 2016 = Mac. Ctrl C is the Windows Copy Command

Dave says June 28, 2017

I don’t know that this addressed the OP’s question – sounds like it would move the meeting on my calendar, but what about notification to others?

I got here looking for a way to clone a new meeting request from some previous one – same people, similar subject, but not identical – then I’d do a little editing and send it. This would be the “meeting request’ version of a feature in mail found under “move/other/re-send this message,” which I use frequently for the same reason – I can re-send the same message, or edit it a bit, change the subject, and it’s off..

Mark Wurden says April 28, 2018

How do you do this from the calendar search results?

If you can’t…why not? I have a meeting I need to copy, I look it up in search…and there appears to be no way to copy it from there. Not even a way to have it take you to that section of the calendar where you can copy it. This is totally unacceptable in a product that has been around for…20 years?

Heather says October 5, 2018

I’m using Outlook 2016 on a Mac and the instructions provided, above, don’t work for me. Command+C/Command+V don’t do anything at all. Any other ideas?

David jones says November 29, 2018

Current versions of Outlook for Mac do not support copying and pasting events at all. Please correct your article to reflect this.

Margo says July 3, 2019

Have you ever had an instance or three… where you use the above but none of the invitees/attendees receive the invitation? How do we resolve?

Mark F Wurden says July 25, 2019

The copy paste method does NOT work for a meeting that is a series. It simply duplicates the entire series.

How do you copy a meeting in a series and paste it into a new meeting?

David says October 27, 2019

Can I copy an entire day in Outlook 2016/2019/365? Thanks!

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